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Torcello Island, Venice

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Spend a few hours on Torcello Island, and you'll understand why Ernest Hemingway chose this as his writing base in 1948. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta dates back to 639 CE and houses 11th- and 12th-century Byzantine art, including a depiction of the Last Judgment. Look out from the bell tower for views of the countryside. The island also is home to two 14th-century palaces, the Palazzo dell'Archivo and the Palazzo del Consiglio. The latter, originally the seat of the island's government, is now a museum. Stop by Locanda Cipriani, the restaurant and hotel where Hemingway wrote "Across the River and Into the Trees." Plan to visit Torcello Island during your Venice vacation using our convenient Venice tourist route planner.
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  • We only had 45 minutes as part of a half day tour of the three islands and unlike Murano and Burano this seemed to be enough time. It is quite a walk from the boat to the church (very old at 639AD), t...  more »
  • Definitely worth the boat ride out to this Venetian island - the birthplace of Venice. Follow the path to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and visit the Medieval mosaics. Some of the most beautifu...  more »
  • Where Venito started, this is its roots, Don't miss it. We used a day ticket on the vaporetto, just a 10 minute vaporetto ride from Burano. And a good 10 minute walk from the pier is the oldest church...  more »